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Welcoming the stranger

14 hours 27 min ago

November 24, 2017

For nearly three decades the Synod of the Covenant (Michigan and Ohio) has continued to participate in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mission to the USA program. The synod began participating in the effort which links congregations in the synod with mission partners including international church leaders as well as both clergy and lay leaders in 1989.

Young Adult Volunteer learns about the Presbyterian church’s role on the international stage

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:34

November 22, 2017

Simon Doong has always had an interest in international life. The Beltsville, Maryland native graduated from the College of Wooster with a major in International Relations and a focus on economics, minoring in Spanish and Latin American studies.

Youth endowment is ‘investment in the future’

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 08:08

November 22, 2017

Laura Sheldon was on her way to psychology class at North Carolina State University when her phone rang. It was Marvin Dickerson, a member of her church — Clemmons Presbyterian — calling with exciting news.

Mary’s valuable lesson

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:54

November 22, 2017

If anyone has the right to think she had an extra-special connection to Jesus, it’s Mary. After all, she carried him in her body, birthed him in the stable and nourished him with her breast milk. As he grew up and engaged his ministry, she scolded him when he disappeared, commanded him at Cana, stayed with him when he hung on the cross and rejoiced in him when he rose again. 

Reformed faith and #GivingTuesday

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:48

November 21, 2017

Presbyterian theologian Chip Hardwick says #GivingTuesday is a good opportunity for Presbyterians to model “helpfulness for our neighbor,” a value that was prominent in the thought church reformer John Calvin.

Zimbabwe church leaders call for prayer, unity to birth a new nation

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:01

November 21, 2017

The heads of Christian Churches in Zimbabwe issued a pastoral message to the nation on Wednesday, November 15, urging calm, prayer and national dialogue. The ecumenical statement was released just hours after four armored personnel carriers rolled into Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, and military officers reportedly seized control of the state broadcaster and placed 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe under effective house arrest.

‘Melting Pot’ no longer!

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 03:52

November 21, 2017

I am an immigrant and a former refugee. I came from Cuba to the United States via Spain in the late ’60s. I belong to that group of people from the “Global South’’ who began migrating to this country by the millions after the liberalization of immigration laws in 1965.

Hands & Feet team from Iowa builds connections in St. Louis

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:55

Stated Clerk’s initiative pairs service with education on community issues

November 20, 2017

Mission team from the Presbytery of East Iowa during their service with Hands & Feet in partnership with AMEN|St. Louis

Eva Stimson

Correspondent

Office of the General Assembly Communications

LOUISVILLE

[한국어] The Presbytery of East Iowa mission team, which visited St. Louis November 2–5, is one of numerous groups expected to head to the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy over the next seven months as part of an initiative called “Hands & Feet” leading up to the 223rd General Assembly (2018) next June.

The goal of the Hands & Feet initiative is to strengthen local and national mission efforts of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by encouraging partnerships and mission involvement with cities hosting the biennial meeting of the General Assembly.

아이오와 출신의 핸즈& 피트 팀이 세인트 루이스에서 관계를 구축함

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:20

정서기의 제안은 지역 사회 문제에 대한 교육 서비스를 제공함

November 20, 2017

아멘/세인트 루이스와 파트너인 이스트 아이오와 노회의 선교팀이 핸즈&피트 봉사를 함

에바 스팀손

총회 사무국 통신부 통신원

루이빌

11월 2일부터 5일까지 세인트 루이스를 방문한 East Iowa 노회 선교팀은 "핸즈 & 피트"라는 이니셔티브의 일환으로 내년 6 월 223차 총회(2018)까지 다음 7개월 동안 Giddings-Lovejoy 노회에서 봉사할 것으로 예상하는 수많은 그룹들 중 하나이다.

Hands & Feet 이니셔티브의 목표는 총회의 격년 회의를 주최하는 도시들과의 파트너십과 선교 참여를 장려함으로써 미국장로교회의 지역 및 전국 선교 활동을 강화하는 것이다.

Call to action for the Democratic Republic of Congo

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:07

November 20, 2017

The humanitarian conditions in the conflict-ridden Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are rapidly deteriorating. There is a now a deepening hunger crisis and an estimated 3.2 million people are without reliable access to enough nutritious food.

Comfort women: The human face of war in Korea

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 06:23

November 20, 2017

War has a human face. Every shadow, every line, every wrinkle is part of the story. A PC(USA) peace delegation visited the War & Women’s Human Rights Museum during their recent visit to South Korea.

How churches use data to reveal mission and ministry opportunities

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 03:50

November 20, 2017

Presbyterians are known as belonging to a “thinking” denomination. Our Reformed theology emphasizes the importance of having an educated clergy and an informed laity, and we have a long tradition of involvement in education, with more than 50 Presbyterian colleges and universities.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance delegation travels to remote communities in Puerto Rico

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 09:01

November 17, 2017

eaching remote, mountainous communities in the western part of Puerto Rico can be challenging. Downed trees and power lines along with mudslides have kept many roads closed. But for the narrow roads that are open, there is barely enough room for one car.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 08:17

November 17, 2017

Nobody rocked a cardigan sweater better than TV personality Fred Rogers. The beloved Presbyterian pastor hosted the nationally syndicated TV show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood for 33 years on PBS.

Respecto a los/as ancianos/as gobernantes: una serie mensual para líderes espirituales

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:49

Humildad cultural

November 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

Un adorador bien intencionado le dice a una pastora asiático americana visitante: «¡Su inglés es muy bueno!», a pesar de que el inglés es el primer idioma de la pastora. Esta situación la aflige.  Un pastor blanco imita un acento español y otro colega se ríe, mientras yo permanezco aturdida y agradecida de que ninguno de nuestros colegas hispanos o latinos esté presente.

Jeff Eddings named 1001 New Worshiping Communities coaching associate

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:14

November 16, 2017

Jeff Eddings, one of the early pioneers in the church planting movement in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has been named the coaching associate for 1001 New Worshiping Communities (NWC) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

사역장로에 관하여: 영적 지도자를 월간 시리즈

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:57

문화적 겸손

November 16, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

한 예배자가 좋은 의도로 영어가 모국어인 초대받은 아시안계 목사에게 인사했습니다. “목사님 영어가 훌륭합니다!” 그 인사는 그녀를 슬프게 했습니다. 백인 목사가 스패니쉬 악센트를 흉내내자 다른 동역자가 웃었습니다. 나는 놀랐고, 그 자리에 히스패닉이나 라티노 목사가 없었던 것을 천만 다행으로 생각했습니다. 

Regarding ruling elders: a monthly series for spiritual leaders

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:32

Cultural Humility

November 16, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

<한국어> A well-meaning worshipper says to the visiting Asian American pastor, “Your English is very good!” even though English is the pastor’s first language. It grieves her.  A white pastor fakes a Spanish accent and another colleague laughs—while I stand stunned, and grateful that none of our Hispanic or Latino/a colleagues are present.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance visits Puerto Rican Seminary and presbytery leaders

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 09:12

November 16, 2017

After a day of worship at Presbyterian churches in and around San Juan, members of a Presbyterian Disaster Assistance delegation began meeting with church leaders and assessing the damage from Hurricane Maria this week.

&#039;Imagine No Hunger&#039; a cornerstone program for New Mexico church

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 07:21

November 16, 2017

Westminster Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico is a little church with a big heart. It recently applied for and was recognized as a Hunger Action Congregation by the Presbyterian Hunger Program. One of its hunger advocacy programs, titled “Imagine No Hunger,” approaches the hunger issue in a unique way — by fasting.

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